The Manhattanville field hockey team has had a strong season thus far. Despite having only three home games out of their first twelve, the Valiants have managed to put together a solid record. As of Oct. 12th, the Valiants are 8-4 overall, with a 2-1 Conference play record.
Senior Bregje Smits, from Bussum, Netherlands has been extremely dominant on the field. She has scored twelve goals and four assists. The team has seemed to be at their best when Smits scores. The sound of the ball hitting the back of the net always leads the girls to rejoice as a team on the field. Smits scored the winning goal in the second round of a shootouts against Connecticut College, leading the them a 1-0 victory. The three seniors Smits, forward Amanda Cirocco, and goalkeeper Meghan Hughes have been able to keep a winning environment by keeping the mindset of having fun while doing so.
“The atmosphere this year has been different, but all for the better! Even though we are a smaller team, it has only brought us closer. Everyone has something to offer on and off the field. We are one huge family and what has contributed a lot to our success is the leadership of our captains and coaches. Our captains do a great job of leading us to build a team culture where everyone is positive. I am proud to be a part of this team. It’s nice being able to learn and grow so much from my teammates and coaches,” said sophomore Brooke Hadgraft.
With only five games remaining in the regular season, the Valiants have to continue in the right direction and finish strong. With only one non-conference game remaining every game is crucial. With only being granted four home games on the new turf, the team has done an outstanding job this year. As the season comes to an end, the Valiants look to make it into post-season play.
The final home game and “Senior Day” of the season is on Saturday, Oct. 22nd 5:00pm against Eastern University. Make sure to come out and support the Valiants on their run for the MAC Freedom Conference playoffs!